Plan a Visit

Welcome to Shedd Aquarium! We can't wait for you to meet 32,000 amazing animals and explore the world’s oceans, rivers and reefs — right in the heart of Chicago.

The best Shedd visit begins online, not in line. We offer three easy ways to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid a long wait: Select our most popular ticket, the Total Experience Pass; become a Shedd member; or get a Chicago CityPASS, a great vacation value featuring Shedd and four other major attractions. See details on all advance ticket packages below. Other ticket packages are available on site. Quantities are limited and may sell out.

When you're at Shedd, you're our guest, and everything we do is designed to give you an incredible visit. 

Hours

Summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special hours
July 26: Early close (4 p.m.)

Winter (Labor Day-Memorial Day)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Getting here

Walk, drive, or take the bus—let’s find the best route for you.

Calendar of Events

Check our calendar so you don't miss exciting upcoming programs and events.

Field trips & groups

Give your school or community group an unforgettable experience. Plan your field trip today!

Special offers

You’ll find ways to save and other offers here.

Policies

Help us keep Shedd safe for our guests and animals — review our policies before you arrive.

Contact info

Need more information? Send us an email or give us a call at 312-939-2438. We're happy to help!

Plan a private event

Host an unforgettable event in an incomparable setting. Learn more about our stunning spaces and catering services. 

CityPASS

Adult $94 Child $79

Save 50% off Chicago’s 5 best attractions, plus skip lines. Chicago CityPASS includes immediate VIP entry to Shedd Aquarium, including all exhibits and a special FX 4-D Experience (ticket value $37.50). The aquatic show can be added for $2 a person.  Valid 9-days.

Extraordinary Experiences

Price varies by experience.

Meet a penguin, touch a beluga whale, become a trainer for a day or take a tour behind the scenes of Shedd.

Express Pass

Adult $54.95 Child $40.95

On busy days when there's a long admission line, express entry is available for purchase. The Express Pass allows you to bypass the ticket line and begin your visit. The pass, sold for same-day admission, includes everything Shedd has to offer, including the aquatic show, Stingray Touch and a 4-D Experience. 

Total Experience Pass

Adult $39.95 Child $30.95

The best value to see everything Shedd has to offer! Select your show times and plan your day in advance. The Total Experience Pass includes access to all of Shedd’s exhibits and experiences, including the aquatic show, Stingray Touch and a 4-D Experience. For best availability, we recommend you plan at least 5 days in advance.

Membership

Membership packages start at $75 each year.

Support Shedd and enjoy unlimited admission to the aquarium year-round.

Go Chicago Card

Prices vary.

Save up to 55% on Chicago’s top attractions. With the Go Chicago Card choose from more than 26 attractions, museums and tours in Chicago for one low price. This pass is now available for instant delivery, and you can skip the line at Shedd (and many other attractions, too). Add Shedd's aquatic show for $2 a person (available at Shedd box office only).

Other ticket packages may be available onsite.